footnote on 'kadeisha and tantra' article

Can’t live with them..

IMG_1494All spiritual, philosophic and even scientific teachings posit, in different ways, that the One True Indivisible Whole Reality is manifest by a constant dynamic of two (occasionally more) intersecting forces or dimensions. Theologically (and poetically), these two parts of the one are always described as a ‘Masculine’ and a ‘Feminine’ aspect, however these may be understood or defined. This duality is known as Shiva-Shakti, Yin-Yang, Havaya-Shechina, Yum-Yub, Sun-Moon, Sulphur-Mercury, Acid-Alkaline and other names in different cultures. Although in theory these two parts are equal in every respect, in practice the ‘infinite’ is valued more than the ‘finite’.

In religious or moral teachings, valuing the transcendent, abstract or enduring above the immanent, manifest and transitory dimensions of Divinity implies a lack of ease with the chthonic side of existence. The unpredictable and potentially dangerous sides of life are associated with ever-changing Nature. Disease, Madness, emotions, ageing and death, all quite dreadful and natural, are defended against. Kali, Isis, Lillith and the witch Baba Yaga are some examples of this power as expressed in mythology.

These ‘undesirable’ aspects of life are universally identified with the Feminine aspect of the duality, and the feminine dimension has become associated with and projected onto actual females. In this way, all transcendent religions eventually become misogynist in practice.